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HUDSON - A city brewing company was charged and had its liquor license suspended after reopening illegally and allowing dozens of customers to gather in defiance of state mandates to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, officials said Friday.

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BRONX — The state attorney general will investigate Friday’s New York City protests and police response that led to hundreds of arrests as thousands demand action against racial injustice after the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minneapolis police earlier this week.

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HUDSON — As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the city, members of the Hudson Business Coalition knew what they had to do: support small businesses.

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HUDSON — More than 90% of respondents said wearing masks or other face coverings in public is necessary to protect their health and the health of others, according to a city business survey.

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The Greene County Youth Fair, a summer staple in the area for more than 60 years, is among the latest events canceled due to coronavirus fears.

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Federal stimulus money must prioritize New York, the state hit hardest in the nation by the coronavirus pandemic, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Wednesday.

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NEW YORK CITY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a new executive order Thursday allowing New York businesses to prohibit customers who do not wear a mask or facial covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Area nursing homes and adult-care centers began testing their employees for coronavirus this week amid warnings that the state’s testing mandate is not sustainable.

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CATSKILL — Village trustees are discussing the idea of closing down Main Street this summer to support restaurants and shops affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More than 100 environmental activist groups are urging the state Department of Environmental Conservation to remember its ban on single-use plastic bags as the state economy reopens.

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WASHINGTON — After a late-morning meeting with President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent his Wednesday COVID-19 briefing railing against federal lawmakers for politicizing the decision to fund state and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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HUDSON — Health care workers swabbing patients may have been perspiring under their protective gear, but the spring heat didn’t prevent more than 30 people from visiting Columbia County’s first walk-up testing clinic on Wednesday.

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Coronavirus transmission may be primarily airborne, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. That’s not exactly breaking news, but it goes to the heart of public safety, protecting our health and plain old thoughtfulness for your fellow man.

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GREENPORT — After a semester of distance learning, local college students hoping for a swift return to normal are likely to be disappointed.

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NEW YORK — Government must stimulate the COVID-19-devastated economy through major infrastructure and revitalization projects following the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, and the state will focus coronavirus resources in low-income and minority neighborhoods with the highest infec…

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VALATIE — The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell marked its 15th coronavirus death over the weekend, just days after the state began its second investigation into the facility’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Small businesses are facing daunting challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates say.

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This year’s Memorial Day may look different than the traditional service, with everyone wearing facial masks and coverings, but COVID-19 did not stop veterans and their supporters from honoring the fallen on Memorial Day.

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NEW YORK — The state will give death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before discouraging lawmakers from spending money the state doesn’t have as the Legislature resumes remote session this week.

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WANTAGH — Government must take the lead to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, as campgrounds, RV parks and veterinarian services are set to reopen statewide.

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ALBANY — The Mid-Hudson region will start reopening after the holiday weekend and it may take more than two weeks for regions to enter the next planned stages of reopening the economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

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TROY — At least 30 overdoses and two fatalities occurred in less than 24 hours Wednesday night into Thursday in the Capital Region due to cocaine laced with fentanyl, Rensselaer County officials said Thursday.

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus transmission may be primarily airborne, national health officials said, as two downstate regions prepare to reopen and leaders announced Friday both houses of the state Legislature will reconvene next week.

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Two months after the lockdown of New York state, we’re learning that a large percentage of positive coronavirus tests and deaths blamed on COVID-19 were spiking in nursing homes statewide and in Greene and Columbia counties.

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VALATIE — ClubLife Health & Fitness remained open after receiving orders from the Code Enforcement Department to shut down, Kinderhook Town Supervisor Patsy Leader said Monday.

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HUDSON — Governments big and small are facing budget shortfalls as COVID-19 shutdowns drag on, especially in tourism-driven economies such as Hudson’s.

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ALBANY — The state Department of Labor announced Wednesday that its unemployment application backlog has been reduced to 7,580 applications as some Republican lawmakers call for an investigation into the way the department handled claims during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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NEW YORK — In-classroom summer school will not take place statewide as cases of COVID-19 complications in children continue to rise, officials said Thursday after extending the state sales tax filing deadline another month.

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CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers approved a resolution Monday calling for more direct federal COVID-19 funding, in light of projections that regional governments face losing about $2 billion in sales tax revenue.

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ALBANY — A panel of Greene County lawmakers is calling for the state Legislature to reconvene and restore checks and balances to New York government and scale back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers.

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VALATIE — Allegations of administrators at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell transferring residents near death, giving misleading addresses and failing to notify families have caught the attention of the Columbia County Department of Health.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomes federal or state officials to investigate New York’s COVID-19 nursing home deaths, he said Wednesday, and religious services and ceremonies can resume statewide with 10 people or fewer.

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Officials are identifying inmates at correctional facilities statewide who could be eligible for early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After receiving about 1,000 test kits each last week from the state, Columbia and Greene counties are rolling out a series of COVID-19 clinics.

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MANHASSET — The Capital District on Wednesday was cleared to start reopening, a company said it is getting closer to a COVID-19 vaccine and New York localities can hold Memorial Day services with 10 people or fewer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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The state Department of Labor announced Wednesday that it has distributed $7.4 billion in unemployment benefits during the pandemic — more than three-and-a-half times the total benefits paid in 2019.

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Local camps are waiting for the state to give the final word on summer programs despite recommendations from Columbia County officials to keep them closed.

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BUFFALO — Western New York will start reopening Tuesday after hiring several hundred coronavirus COVID-19 contact tracers overnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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ALBANY — Horse racing tracks can open June 1 statewide without fans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday before calling on U.S. senators to act swiftly on the historic $3 trillion coronavirus COVID-19 stimulus package Congress passed Friday.

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Nursing homes in the area reeling from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are being asked to ramp up testing on their employees. All nursing homes are responsible for conducting twice-weekly COVID-19 testing on their workers beginning next week, according to an executive order signed Ma…

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HUDSON — Members of the community came out in full force Thursday night to show their appreciation to health care workers at Columbia Memorial Health and first responders across Columbia and Greene counties, said Brenda Gevertz, organizer of the event.

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Closed for the remainder of the academic year, local schools are thinking of creative ways to honor graduates.

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HUDSON — With final exams complete and grades handed out, local college students are ending their remote studies without fanfare after a semester interrupted by the coronavirus.

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ALBANY — State beaches will reopen for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, as half the state started to reopen and federal lawmakers negotiated a fifth COVID-19 bill to fund state and local governments.

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With schools closed for the remainder of the academic year, local educators are pondering creative ways to honor graduates as safely as possible.

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CATSKILL — Greene County holds its first public testing clinic Saturday at Catskill Middle School after months of testing-supply shortages that hampered public officials’ ability to trace the spread of COVID-19.